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Old 05-16-2016, 08:18 AM
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I have a Grady White Voyager. Steering to the right is fine, but steering left is very slow to respond and feels like it's skipping when turning the wheel slowly. It's also noticeably harder to turn the wheel to the left than the right. Any thoughts on what might be wrong?

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Old 05-16-2016, 04:43 PM
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sounds like maybe there is air in the system. When is the last time you checked fluid level. You might need to bleed the lines.
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I have a Grady White Voyager. Steering to the right is fine, but steering left is very slow to respond and feels like it's skipping when turning the wheel slowly. It's also noticeably harder to turn the wheel to the left than the right. Any thoughts on what might be wrong?
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I was thinking the same thing. How do I bleed the system?
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http://www.seastarsolutions.com/supp...lling-purging/
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Thanks Mud Runner........That's perfect. I assume the Grady has Seastar steering?
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Thanks Mud Runner........That's perfect. I assume the Grady has Seastar steering?
It may, you need to get yourself a filler tube and some fluid if it does. If that doesn't cure the skip, it may be a check valve sticking. It's not bad to take the helm apart, but if you're not confident enough I'm sure there is a repair shop around that will rebuild it. Probably will cost around $150.
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Thanks CTS........I'll try filling & purging and go from there. It's not terrible, but it's not right either.
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Depending on the year Grady White used Hynautic Steering. if so Steering may have to be PUMPED with a bicycle pump at tank
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Here is a link to a video another member posted on how to bleed it with one person, I just did mine and it worked perfectly. If it is an older cylinder it may not have bleeders but you can get new fittings with bleeders for about 50 bucks.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...ial-video.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/1721971...&ul_noapp=true
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The boat is 2002....guess i should have included that in the original post.

BTW, does it sound like i have air in the system or is it something else?

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Have you disconnected the steering cylinder from the motor & verified that the motor turns freely in both directions? While it's disconnected, turn the steering hardover to hardover to see if the problem is in the helm, cylinder or motor.
There's a good chance its the motor that's binding & not the steering.
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Update: finally got back to the boat. I bled the steering from the helm. The mechanic in the yard said not to bother with the bleeds in the rear (that and the hoses I brought along were too big anyway). Got a lot of air out of it, just going back and forward with the steering and it seemed to clear up most of the issues. It's a lot more responsive and no more skipping feel. At rest, the steering effort is about equal right to left, but under way, it's still much harder to turn left. I haven't tried adjusting the steering trim tab yet. I'll probably be back to the boat tonight. My question is, which way to turn the tab. I assume counterclockwise looking up at the bottom on the lower unit?????
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hey Ralph, at what speeds are you experiencing the increased steering load? If it's just on a plane, then you may need to just trim the engine up a bit. You're looking to get the shaft parallel to the water flow or maybe a bit higher but not so high you induce porpoising. This will loosen the boat a bit and you can hear the engine noise change and the steering load should disappear.
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Thanks SMac. I'll give that a try before adjusting anything else. It's definitely noticeable on plane, but not sure if it's be there when not planed. In the event it doesn't help, does anyone know which way i should turn the tab to make steering left easier. There is also a slight bend in the skeg. It looks like it's just kicked to the side a little, but i suppose it could affect the steering as well. Looks easy enough to straighten out, but I'm afraid of doing more damage trying to straighten it.
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Ralph85 , the bent skeg will affect the steering , depending on which direction it is bent. The steering tab would normally be turned so the trailing edge is more to starboard on a right hand prop. Post a some Picts of the skeg and tab placement as of now. If it's a slight bend on the edge you could remove it with a block of wood and a dead blow or plastic faced hammer. Very gently and slow.

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